| Commentary

374 Licensing of cinemas

| Commentary

3: CINEMA LICENSING AND CENSORSHIP

374 Licensing of cinemas

The Licensing Act 2003 repealed the extensive licensing provisions contained in the Cinemas Act 1985 and introduced the requirement for cinemas to obtain a single licence from their local authority, removing the requirement for the former cinematograph licence and also removing the need for mixed arts venues to have a public entertainments licence. The exhibition of films is a licensable activity and requires a premises licence obtainable from the local licensing authority, which is usually the local council.

    The licensing authority will normally permit cinemas to screen films that have been certified by

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